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Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Augusta arrived in Milford

A couple of weeks ago the yacht “The Augusta” came home to Milford, Delaware. With all the excitement of Halloween, the election and everything else going on in our lives, I haven't had a chance to write about it. It was the first motorized ship built in Milford in 1927 by the former Vinyard Shipbuilding Company on the Mispillion River. Milford has a proud shipbuilding history, boasting in its heyday, seven working shipyards. Sudler and Joan Lofland, present owners of the former Vinyard Shipyard, recently purchased the yacht and plan to restore her in a working museum atmosphere, perhaps teaching early shipbuilding and cabin-making skills here in Milford. A small group of interested spectators watched as the ship was lifted by crane and eased into its new home. Bob and I were among them. We‘d love to see the city capitalize on its shipbuilding history and this is an early first step towards making that happen. There is talk of building more boats here, perhaps a convention of ship model builders with an art exhibit component, and maybe even developing some sort of ferry service up and down the Mispillion! We think the possibilities are very exciting and look forward to seeing where this goes.

A crane was needed to bring the 50-foot yacht, “The Augusta” into the shipyard

Almost home

In the House

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